Social innovation for Naples is an international competition launched by UniCredit Foundation, in collaboration with Euclid Network, an English non-profit organization, with the aim of offering innovative solutions to six problems encountered in the city of Naples.
The six challenges are set out below:
- a property confiscated from the Camorra to be converted into a social enterprise that can generate economic and social benefits for the local community;
- an archaeological site to be opened and started up with sustainable management;
- the development of a new business model for a voluntary organisation operating in situations of extreme poverty;
- a project for a new method of inclusion for the Roma community through a business for the recycling of unused and waste items;
the social inclusion of migrants by setting up a social enterprise;
- an initiative to help school dropouts return to schooling.
An international panel of judges will select a winner for each of these challenges, who will receive a grant of € 10,000 from UniCredit Foundation, while the non-profit organization overseeing the initiative will work to turn the idea into a project, by drawing up an execution plan and a business plan. The second phase of the initiative will then consist in the assessment and possible implementation of the most effective projects.
The competition is open until August 10, 2011 and registrations are available at www.euclidnetwork.eu/pages/en/european-social-innovation-for-naples-2011.
The concept of "social innovation" is based on the need to challenge the inefficiency of non-profit organizations and social entrepreneurs and to identify new ways of resolving those social problems which cannot be assisted by the public or private sectors.
The aim of this initiative is to transform Naples into a symbol of the effectiveness and the success of social innovation, through some of the tools characterizing it: civic engagement, actions based on ethical values, involvement of all stakeholders, the use of networks, new technologies, entrepreneurship and the taking of risks.